Deborah Ross interviewed Phyllis Greenberger on March 14, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project.
Phyllis Greenberger is President and CEO of the Society for Womenâs Health Research, a national non-profit organization founded in 1990 to improve the health of women through research, education, and advocacy. Thanks to the efforts of Phyllis and her organization, today scientists recognize that women are different from men in many ways and that research into drugs, diagnostic tools, and treatment must be tailored to their needs. In her interview, Phyllis looks back at the evolution of her career from social worker to policy expert, the founding of the Society, the ongoing difficulties women encounter in the field of medical research and funding, and the challenges of combining family and professional life.
During 2010 and 2011, Deborah Ross decided to interview a number of Jewish women living and working in and around Washington, D.C. Having lived in the area for over three decades, she wondered how these women, many of them the firsts in their fields, all of them distinguishedâunderstood their Jewish identity. In other words, she wrote, not, 'What makes us Jewish?' but 'What does being Jewish make us'? Over a year's time, working as a volunteer, she interviewed nine women on video.
The complete video recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available on the Internet Archive. To see the online exhibit based on this project, visit Jewish Women's Archive/DC stories